Langley Mill II captain hails battling spirit of side
Langley Mill II captain Andrew Bailey praised the battling spirit of his depleted side following a seven wicket win over Stainsby Hall.
The Millers put in a great bowling display to dismiss Stainsby for 129 before easily chasing their target down.
“It was another brilliant win considering we only had 10 men until the morning of the game due to various reasons,” he said.
“It's been a tough old season with selection, but everything we have done and the teams we have put out have stood up and been counted.
“We have blooded a couple of youngsters and given them a taste of Division 4 cricket. We will be raring to go again next year and pushing and to go one better and close the gap to the first team.”
Stainsby won the toss and elected to bat first and found the going really tough against Dan Bramhall and Steve Walker.
After 10 overs, they found themselves 13 for 3 as Bramhall picked up two wickets and Walker one.
The experienced Mark Greaves (20) along with Laurie Quayle (35) gave Stainsby a foundation as they looked to put a score together to defend.
The Millers shuffled the bowling around and 70 for 3 soon became 90 for 6 as Alex Bacon and U15 George Priest got into their groove.
It wasn't long before they had wrapped the innings up as Stainsby offered little resistance down the order. They were eventually all out for 129 on the 34th over.
The Millers also found run scoring slow as the first four overs were runless.
Just like the Stainsby innings the Millers lost a couple of early wickets, after some tight bowling by Joseph Treece.
Dan Pheasant (7) and Alex Bacon (14) were both caught off Treece's bowling.
The Millers lost another wicket on the stroke of halfway to leave them 71 for 3 and mirroring the Stainsby innings.
However, skipper Oliver Blake joined Elliot Bowles to ease the nerves and help guide the Millers to the target and maximum points.
Bowles top scoring with 75 not out to keep up his good form and Blake 17 not out.
Next week sees the second team finish their shortened season with a home game against Sawley and Long Eaton Park. This will decide who finishes second in the table.